Pet Wellness Services at Harrison Animal HospitalPet Wellness Services

The staff at Harrison Animal Hospital in Aurora, Ohio is committed to providing you and your pet with the the finest veterinary care possible. We're a welcoming, skilled and cost-conscious partner in the care of your beloved companions.

Dr. Kremer and her veterinary team believe that prevention contributes to your pet's long term health and minimizes the lifetime cost of care. We strongly recommend routine wellness exams, vaccinations, regular lab work, deworming and fecal checks, as well as medications to prevent heartworm, fleas and ticks in order to keep your pet in optimum health.

Despite the very best preventive care, a beloved pet may develop an illness or be injured. Our internal medicine and surgical expertise, as well as our advanced diagnostic capabilities and veterinary laboratory, ensure your pet receives a quick and accurate diagnosis. We take time to explain our diagnosis to you and provide you with all possible options for your pet's treatment.

Please take a look at the services we offer to learn why we believe they are important to the care and wellbeing of your pet. Then give us a call to set up an appointment today!

We have extended hours, offer 'pet drop offs' and respond quickly to phone inquiries. We make house calls and, if possible, treat animals outside of the hospital. We also welcome children in our office and help entertain them during appointments so that they are not bored.

Examinations

Wellness examinations are the same for your pet as the yearly physical you receive from your doctor. It's a chance for the medical team at Harrison Animal Hospital to assess your pet's overall health, discuss any changes we see, educate and update you on advancements in veterinary care, and it also represents an opportunity for you to discuss any of your concerns or ask questions.

Your pet's yearly wellness examination at Harrison Animal Hospital includes our commitment to:Pet Wellness Services at Harrison Animal Hospital

  • Examine your pet's teeth, throat, and oral cavity
  • Check your pet's vision and examine the eyes
  • Examine the ears for infection, ear mites, allergic reaction and other related health issues
  • Examine the respiratory system
  • Assess your pet's heart and evaluate cardiac function
  • Test your pet's reflexes
  • Palpate lymph nodes
  • Palpate joints and muscles for arthritis and other orthopedic conditions
  • Test to evaluate the function of internal organs
  • Assess changes in your pet's body weight, appetite, urination and bowel habits
  • Inquire as to your pet's activity level
  • Inspect and palpate the skin for unusual growth developments
  • Assess your pet's fur and check for matting and injury
  • Utilize laboratory testing to detect early signs of disease
  • Assess and evaluate general or specific changes in your pet's health since the last wellness visit
  • Discuss preventive techniques with you, the pet owner
  • Collect and examine fecal samples for signs of parasitic infestation
  • Demonstrate to you, the pet owner, how to administer at-home medication
  • Answer your questions and concerns

Deworming and Fecal Check

Dangerous parasites are always present in the environment. We recommend regular fecal checks and deworming as the best way to prevent parasitic disease and the transmission of intestinal parasites to your pet and your family members.

Regular Blood Testing

A complete physical should include a full blood workup. Not only can a chemistry panel and blood count identify the presence of underlying disease processes, but these tests help create a baseline should your pet become ill between regular examinations.

Flea and Tick Borne Disease

Fleas and ticks are virtually everywhere. Although they're a bigger problem in certain parts of the country and at specific times during the year, no cat or dog is completely safe from them. Fortunately, many safe and highly effective products are available. Fleas and ticks are more than a nuisance; they carry diseases dangerous to both you and your pet. Fleas can transmit tapeworms, and often you can see segments of the tapeworm in your pet's stool.

Fleas and ticks can be avoided by using parasite prevention products that are available at our hospital. When used properly and according to our directions, these products are very safe and effective.

Pet Wellness Services at Harrison Animal HospitalHeartworm Disease

Heartworm disease is a serious, life-threatening disease affecting dogs and cats. Mosquitoes spread the disease by injecting the parasite into your pet at the time of the bite. Clinical symptoms of heartworm disease develop very slowly. Lack of energy and exercise intolerance are early symptoms, as are coughing and difficulty breathing. Because heartworm disease is increasing in frequency and is a serious and deadly disease, we recommend that your dog be tested annually. Heartworm disease prevention is simple and effective.

If you would like to have your pet tested for heartworm disease, or if you would like additional information on how best to protect your pet and your family from this dangerous parasite, please call Harrison Animal Hospital today for an appointment.

Vaccinations

Immunizations are one of the best tools available in preventive medicine. The key to using dog/cat vaccines appropriately is to determine which diseases your specific pet may be at risk, then vaccinate for those diseases appropriately.

We tailor vaccine protocols to your individual pet, taking into account benefits and risks as well as environment and health status.

Dr. Kremer and her team follow the guidelines set forth by the American Animal Hospital Association canine vaccination task force and the American Association of Feline Practitioners.
Wellness

Our core vaccines for healthy dogs include:

  • Rabies
  • Distemper
  • Adenovirus
  • Parvovirus
  • Parainfluenza
  • Leptospirosis

Also available for dogs are:

  • Canine influenza vaccine
  • Lyme vaccine
  • Bordetella



We recommend the following vaccines for cats:

  • Rabies
  • Feline Herpes Virus
  • Calicivirus
  • Panleukopenia

Recommended Ferret Vaccines:

  • Rabies
  • Distemper


We recommend feline leukemia vaccine for cats that go outdoors. Rabies vaccination is mandatory for all dogs and cats and part of our protocol for both species.

Vaccinations are not only safe and effective, they are an important and fundamental aspect of your pet's preventive healthcare plan. Diseases that once were relatively common and fatal to pets are now easily preventable through vaccination. Vaccinating your pet against Rabies helps protect you and your family from this deadly disease.

Puppy and Kitten Care

Bringing a new puppy or kitten into your home is always something to celebrate. They add energy and fun and are a source of unceasing affection as they bond with you and your family.

Your first visits with your new puppy or kitten at Harrison Animal Hospital are perhaps the most important. These initial visits are where you, one of our doctors and your pet first meet and begin to form a relationship that lasts throughout the life of your pet. Some of the issues discussed during your first visits include:

  • Diet and nutrition
  • Housetraining
  • Behavior issues
  • Spaying and neutering
  • Formulation of individualized vaccine protocol
  • Pet health insurance.
  • Microchipping
  • Parasite prevention

Pet Wellness Services at Harrison Animal HospitalA complete physical exam includes detection of potential congenital problems and covers any topic you'd like to discuss. This is your new pet and we know you have many questions.

Geriatric/Senior Care

We offer senior and geriatric care for pets six years of age and older. Some of our regular screening tests for senior pets include blood tests, urinalysis, blood pressure measurement, chest x-rays, and abdominal ultrasound. By taking the time to learn more about the special needs of your senior pet, you've taken the first step toward providing the best care for your friend during his or her golden years.

Your pet's aging process can be slowed and managed through proper medical care thereby offering your beloved pet an extended period of vitality and good health. Additionally, preventive care tailored to your pet's age, lifestyle, risk factors and other elements can help prevent common diseases and help detect them at early and easily treatable stages.